Chancellery discusses with military officers the safety of consulates in Haiti
JIMANI. The Minister of Foreign Relations, Andres Navarro, met with the Minister of Defense, Lieutenant general William Muñoz Delgado, the ambassador and the five Dominican consuls accredited in Haiti, in order to lay out a series of actions with the object of guaranteeing the safety of the Dominican diplomatic personnel as well as the infrastructure in the neighboring nation.
Chancellor Navarro stated that this was a working session with the Dominican military and the Dominican diplomatic personnel in another effort in order provide the population with the confidence that the safety of the sovereignty and integrity of the nation are guaranteed.
The meeting included the participation of the Dominican ambassador in Port-au-Prince, Ruben Silie, and the five consuls spread out in an equal number of Haitian cities, as well as the commanders of the Army, the Dominican Armada and Cesfront.
“We have had a long work meeting with the military corps charged with the defense of the interests of the Dominican Republic in the frontier area with the neighboring country, establishing the mechanisms of coordination and cooperation which permit the government of President Danilo Medina to bring confidence and guarantees to the people that our diplomatic personnel and the Dominican interests are guaranteed,” noted Navarro.
The meeting, held in the installations of the Specialized Corps of Frontier Security (CESFRONT), was attended by the commanders of the Army of the Dominican Republic, Major General Eugenio Matos de la Cruz, Vice Admiral Edmundo Felix Pimentel of the Armada, as well as General Carlos Aguirre, the commander of Cesfront among other high ranking officers of the military services.
Also taking part in the meeting were the deputy minister of Foreign Relations for Consular Affairs, Nelly Perez Duverge, the Dominican consuls in the Haitian communities of Port-au-Prince, Ramon de la Rosa; Francisco Lembert Cano, from Juana Mendez; Maximo Perez from Anse a Pitre; Andres Bocio, from Belladere and Antonio Esteban Cruz, from Cape Haitian.
Navarro said that as part of the new policy of foreign relations, the Chancellery has decided to get closer to the frontier area together with the military entities in order to bring tranquility to the Dominican population as well as the preservation of national sovereignty and the integrity of our diplomatic and consular personnel.
The official mentioned that he was aware of the difficult political situation which Haiti is suffering, “which we hope that their leadership finds a quick solution, but we are also strengthening the security mechanisms in order to avoid any impact on our frontier.”
For his part, the Minister of Defense, Muñoz Delgado, reported that Operation Shield ordered by President Medina along the frontier area goes very well, both by land, sea, as well as air, as carried out by the Army, the Armada and the Air Force.
He said that the military bodies and the Ministry of Foreign Relations have prepared a contingency plan in order to safeguard the Dominican diplomatic personnel and Dominicans citizens who reside in the neighboring country in case that there should be risky situations developing.
“We have established reinforcement operations and greater frontier controls all along the frontier line, both by ground and air as well as by sea, with the inclusion of more than 600 new soldiers which have been assigned to Cesfront and the brigades of the Army in the area, besides intensifying the intelligence work with the aim of safeguarding the national territory,” underlined the Minister of Defense, Muñoz Delgado.
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